Native title over Purnululu National Park recognised

The Purnululu and Gajangana Jaru native title claimants have received recognition of native title as a result of an historic agreement with the Western Australian Government.

Purnululu National Park, which includes the Bungle Bungle Range and covers almost 240,000 hectares in Western Australia’s East Kimberley region, had been the subject of two longstanding, overlapping native title claims.

In addition to the Purnululu National Park and Purnululu Conservation Reserve, the determination made by the Federal Court also recognises native title over neighbouring Crown land, including parts of the Texas Downs pastoral lease.

Cathedral Gorge is an astonishingly beautiful geological formation with amazing acoustics. Photo credit: Tourism Western Australia.

In congratulating the Purnululu and Gajangana Jaru native title groups on this long-awaited determination, Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna said: “This historic recognition of the deep knowledge and connection to country of traditional owners and old people has been a long time in the making and is a proud moment for us all.

“It forms the basis for a strong association over an area which is of great cultural significance to the Traditional Owner groups.”

A ceremonial sitting of the Federal Court will occur on-country in May 2023 to celebrate the determination.

Smartreka interactive maps provide information on access, park facilities, trails and other features and attractions at Purnululu National Park. Smartreka is a WA Parks Foundation initiative, supported by BHP and delivered in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Access the maps here.

Purnululu National Park has Smartreka interactive maps providing information on access, park facilities, trails, other features and attractions. Photo credit: Tourism Western Australia.